Here’s another reason to boycott NST. Malik Imtiaz, the lawyer who is representing Jeff Ooi in the suit has a column in the newspaper. He is now barred from writing his column till the case is over. He said it all in his blog today: Disquiet.
But take heart. Our movement is growing.
When a newspaper cannot be impartial, it is no longer a newspaper. Then it may as well join the ranks of Harakah, Utusan Kepala Batas, etc, who are basically party organs. Then it may as well come out and openly declare who its political masters are – at least it would then command some respect for being totally honest. But no…
No, it doesn’t do that. It goes further and blocks Imtiaz now from expressing his views. Hey, it may as well operate in the office of the Internal Security Ministry, who recently banned 18 books.
But if Imtiaz were to withdraw his column, then it would be different. Because then it would be a matter of conflict of interest, or Imtiaz felt that probably he would be bias.
Anwar Ibrahim is suing the SUN too; but I see the newspaper carrying his statements and covering his press conferences still. An editor there said “We are in no position to sue others la, we are too busy defending suits against us. We still have a suit from Anwar pending but we still carry his statements and attend his PC“.
That should be the spirit. Newspapers all over the world are being sued. How many are suing others?
So, journalists, writers, columnists, make your stand. Claming down on Jeff Ooi and Rocky Bru’s space is one thing. Now they are encroaching into others, too. Soon, they’ll catch up with us.
Elizabeth Wong has a good take on this.
Imtiaz now joins the rank of many banned or blacklisted writers, mostly Chinese. You can read about them in Boonhooi on the Blog – here.
So, if you want to, register your boycott here.